The stiff-neckedness and unbelief of the early apostles in Jerusalem, caused Christ’s silence, concerning “Other sheep.” (3 Nephi 15:18) If you will soften your hearts, perhaps you will not make the same mistake as the early apostles did, …and you might hear Christ’s voice in what I write today.
The Law of Moses: When we teach that Christ fulfilled the law of Moses, everyone teaches the corrupted law. We have been taught by foolish tradition that the law of Moses was a law of:
- Empty sacrifices
- Multiplied laws and rules
- Floods of rituals
That was not the original law of Moses. Empty sacrifices, multiplied laws, and many rituals was all that remained …after the apostasy. The authorities at the time, clumped all the changing, under one title, …labeling it: The Law of Moses. The work of the Deuteronomists completely perverted the original law.
That perverted and relabeled law was not the law that Christ came to fulfill. The Law of Moses Christ fulfilled, refers to the original law, given to Moses, before the perversions. How do I know that? Because Christ tells us:
3 Nephi 15:5
“5. Behold, I am he that gave the law, and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel; therefore, the law in me is fulfilled, for I have come to fulfill the law; therefore it hath an end.”
Christ came to fulfill the law HE gave. The frustrations of the pharisees and sadducees was that they were justifying their perverted law, against the giver of the original law. No matter what they accused Christ of, concerning the perverted law, Christ replied with the unmolested law.
Likewise, in our day, the Deuteronomist officials are on a witch-hunt, after those who will not offer empty sacrifices, follow their multiplicity of laws, and participate in mindless rituals. Those who seek to align with the original law of Moses, are sought out, made and example of, stoned in the court-yard, and crucified with Christ. To these, Christ promises to come and fulfill the original law of Moses.
Fulfilling the Law: Moses did not intend for the miracles to end at the exodus through the Red Sea. But, because of the unbelief of Israel, the miracles diminished from there. Moses couldn’t convince Israel to join him on Mt Sinai, by coming into the presence of Christ. Therefore God’s wrath was kindled against them:
“24. But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.“
Entering into the rest of the Lord was the intent of the law of Moses. Entering the fulness of Christ’s glory is “Fulfilling The Law of Moses.”
We have been led, by unbelief, that Christ came to fulfill the law of Moses, when He came in His mortal ministry. While this does fit, and there is truth in it, it isn’t the whole truth. Each time Christ appears to man, to redeem them from the fall, …for that person, the law of Moses is fulfilled, and has an end …in them!
2 Nephi 25:27
“27 Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away.
The law ought to be done away, but until you have been personally redeemed from the fall by entering Christ’s presence in the flesh, the law of Moses is unfulfilled in you. Christ has done all that was necessary on his part to fulfill the law, but your part is left incomplete.
My Sheep: Those in whom the law is fulfilled, by Christ’s finishing their faith, are they who are Christ’s sheep. Not all men are Christ’s sheep, only those who hear His voice. The Gentiles will not at any time hear His voice. Those who pay no attention to His voice, who refuse to be familiar with His voice, and who occupy their lives with activities that cannot save, are the Gentiles, and not His sheep.
3 Nephi 15:23-24
“23. And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice; and they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice—that I should not manifest myself unto them save it were by the Holy Ghost.
24. But behold, ye have both heard my voice, and seen me; and ye are my sheep, and ye are numbered among those whom the Father hath given me.”
Those who disqualify themselves as sheep, do so because they “understood me not…” Gentiles will not at any time hear his voice. They aren’t concerned about the sound of his voice. They’re not asking, seeking or knocking. You qualify as a Gentile if this describes you. But, it need not be.
Those trapped in the disguise of a Gentile need only remove the 184 year old condemnation (soon to be 185 years old), by laboring over the words of Christ, and allowing the Holy Ghost to unstop your ears, removing the scales of darkness over your eyes. These have entered in at the Gate, and can walk the path that Christ has shown:
3 Nephi 15:9
“9 Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.
Moses held the staff of the brazen serpent, saying “Look and Live!” The brazen serpent was Christ. The law of Moses was intended to produce Christ. His instructions are the same. Moses stated the beginning (look) and the end (live). Christ adds everything in between by saying:
- Look to Me (the Gate of baptism)
- Endure to the End (the nourishing of the seed into a tree)
- Given Eternal Life (the finishing of your faith and fulfilling of the law of Moses in you)
This pattern is everywhere, but is often the very thing perverted by Deuteronomists. Nephi separated it, parsed it out, and labeled the parts, in 2 Nephi 31:17-21. But, the Deuteronomists of our time have clumped into one lump, oversimplifying it, and calling all of it baptism. Alma described it in the same detail as Nephi, in his parable of comparing the word to a seed, but the Deuteronomists of our time have swapped out and switched the story, with a primary song, calling faith the little seed. There is only one way, and Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Christ, as the Father, is the same, an unchanging God.
Apostasy also follows a pattern. Satan is not very creative. He is the false imitator. All who fail to know the words of Christ, to recognize His voice, will fall captive to him. They will find themselves in the large and spacious building, mocking those partaking of the fruit of the tree of life. However, the sheep will hear his voice, return, and none of Christ’s sheep will be lost. Question is, are you his sheep?
Conclusion: If you prefer to avoid thinking, putting your trust in blind guides (modern Deuteronomists), and doing the labor of nourishing the seed into a tree, …then, by all means, run with that, see what that’ll produce. All are agents unto themselves. All are free to choose. But, if you consider yourself his sheep, and you still prefer to avoid thinking, putting your trust in Deuteronominsts, and busying yourself in laboring for the treasures of the earth, …you are fooling yourself. Be sheep, not fools!
Fools mock, but they shall mourn. Christ’s grace is sufficient that the accusers cannot take advantage of your weaknesses, …if you are meek and lowly of heart. Do the work of self-identifying as Sheep. Familiarize yourselves with the words of Christ, so that you can recognize His voice, and awake and arise. Let the Lord fulfill the law of Moses in you. Finish your faith, by enduring to the end.